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Scott also found football to be the perfect outlet to release any stresses that inevitably comes with being a parent and a teacher.
She also found it a great place to make friends and enjoy the social aspect of football. Most importantly, she found that learning new skills and facing new challenges gave her a tremendous confidence boost, something that benefits her everyday life.
“I could run all my frustrations out on the pitch," she says.
"I was enjoying conversations with others and making friendships outside of mother’s groups and most of all I loved the physical and mental challenges as I developed new soccer skills and tactics, constantly pushing myself to achieve better skills."
There have been obstacles along the way, but despite spending a year away from her new found passion, Scott was able to get back into the game thanks to tremendous support from her husband and family.
“In 2016 we unfortunately lost our team so I didn’t play, but ended up being pregnant with our second anyway,” she explains.
“But in 2017, we gained an amazing group of players who were closer to my age. I’m still one of the old maids though mind you, and I was asked to help build some numbers for our Division Two side.
“I initially hesitated with two children under the age of two, but thanks to the support of my hubby Andy and father-in-law, Fred, as well as the support from my wonderful mother-in-law Patricia and my mum and dad I jumped in and never looked back.”
Drysdale are a club going places, from humble beginnings the club has grown to become a real powerhouse of the local community scene in the Geelong region.
Catering for kids and adults, both male and female, Drysdale has nearly 400 members. They moved into their new multi-purpose home ground last year at Belchers Rd, Drysdale.
The club is well respected for its community first attitude which includes using sponsor dollars to freeze or reduce registration costs for both juniors and seniors.
Scott is full of praise for Drysdale and the club committee who have worked hard to create an inclusive environment.
“These Drysdale girls are just a whole lot of love and a whole lot of fun on and off the pitch,” she beams.
“We’re all a little crazy and wild, fun and free, and I think that’s why we all get along and bond so well, and have our emotional moments too.
“We all love a good house party drink and even though I’ve been a little quiet on that front this year with my focus on teaching, I know I can always have a good whole-hearted chat with any of them during and after training.”
Scott urges women out there who want an outlet away from the grind of normal life to pursue football or any other sport that allows them to express themselves and find themselves.
“I truly believe having something that’s not parenting, running a household or related to your work gives you another level of confidence and achievement which I know keeps me fulfilled as a person.
“It truly helps me be a better mother, wife, teacher because I’m not desperately chasing that fulfilment in my relationships or career. That’s what soccer does for me on a personal level, and it runs deep.”
While Scott prepares to lace up for another year, thousands of other women around the country will be doing the same. There are also thousands more having second thoughts, however Scott has one simple message for them.
“Go our and try it, trust me, you won’t regret it.”
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